If you ask me, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver is better than The Hunger Games series. Don't get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games. But I think that the Delirium series is deeper. I think that Oliver writes better characters. Even the secondary characters are richer, more real, living. There's plenty of action, conflict, peril, but there's feeling and growth and purpose, too.
Requiem is a solid conclusion to Lena's story, her journey. It picks up where Pandemonium left off and keeps on moving. What I appreciate is that it constantly moves forward - the resistance and the relationships all progress to the great denouement.
I listened to the audio book, which was read with such greatness by Sarah Drew. If you like to listen to audio books, you can't get a better narration. Drew is a perfect YA narrator.
One thing - there is profanity in this one, more than in the previous two books.
I was looking forward to this third in the trilogy. What a disappointment! The series started off by capturing my interest with an imaginative and clever story, and ended with a fizzle. The story line, if there was one, was weak. There were a few interesting moments (emphasis on few) but overall, it was long-winded blather, ending with an overdone preachy monologue. Don't waste your time or your credits. In fact, I'm requesting that my credit be refunded.
Working mom who loves to read!
Loved this book. I loved the whole series. Sarah Drew did a fantastic job! I was in tears at some points. Didn't want it to end!
I would have liked for it to go on for maybe another hour after the ending. That way the author could have wrapped up the story a little better and given us readers a little more closure. The book was really good, it just didn't feel like it should have been over yet when it ended. Even just a short epilogue a couple years into the future about where they are now would have sufficed. You can make it up in your head, but I wanted the author to say it so I could feel it and revel in it.
That aside, it is a great trilogy and I'd recommend it to anyone. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What shall I read/listen to next?
If you have listened to the series thus far you already know its AMAZING. Obviously...so without spoiling anything, prepare yourself to hate the ending.
I've been waiting to hear the continuation of this story for several months... it's hard waiting for books to be released!
Hard question! Can't pick one... they all have their special qualities.
Wow... she is unbelievably talented! She gives such depth to these characters by the way she performs their stories.. I LOVE listening to her. She has found her calling!
My 22 year old son and I started this series on a road trip... and the hours flew by! We both highly recommend this series!
...started off pretty strong, but burnt out very quickly. One of the initial scenes really caught my attention due to the strength of the narrator's performance. I remember thinking that if the whole book was like that, then I would be justified in giving this series a second chance. Not so much.
I had serious issues with the the first book...too much whine and inner monologues for my taste. I had no intention of reading more, but the second book was available through my library and I was searching for something to listed to after running out of credits. It was much better, so I was actually looking forward to this conclusion. Unfortunately, it was not one.
Oliver spent longer describing characters getting ready for bed than she did on this ending. It was VERY rushed. It seemed like the open-ish end was designed to fit the author's mini-political speech/moral of the story. However, I was so frustrated that the book was ending in this state, I didn't care what she wanted me to gain from reading this trilogy. In a three book series, the reader has invested enough time with the story that he/she expects and, I would argue, deserves to have a solid conclusion.
Overall, the story dragged often. I often daydreamed during large portions and had to stop and rewind to catch up. After a while, I stopped rewinding and let it play. I did like the introduction of Hanna as a narrator. It was a little odd to move to that format in the last book, but it was a great way to show the readers/listeners both sides of the wall.
If you loved the other books then definitely read this, but prepare yourself to be disappointed. I thought the other reviewers might be over-reacting about the abrupt ending, but I think knowing the risk helped ease my frustrations.
Again Sarah Drew was amazing!
Loved it but...
I really wish the ending had been different. There needed to be more of an explanation of what happens next.
I really enjoyed this series. I got emotionally invested in these characters. I was incredibly curious how the little love triangle would play out, and if the rest of the country would follow Portland's lead and the zombies would be overturned. I guess I feel a little bit cheated by the ending. I understand the symbolism of tearing down internal walls to have the same freedoms to give and receive love, but I kinda felt shorted. I really enjoy Lauren Oliver's writing. It is very detailed yet flows and the dialogue enhances the story, even driving it forward at times. However, I felt that even with a simple epilogue, or a couple more chapters, I would feel like there was some finality to the series.
However, if you have read the first two books, you pretty much have to listen to this one too.
I thought the dual narration between Lana's character and Hanna's was a neat way to tell the story from different angles. The Hanna angle was interesting but not entirely pivotal to the overall story. Maybe a little less time with Hanna and a little more effort into wrapping things up at the end.
The narrator did a good job with the different characters. There were a few background voices that I couldn't distinguish, but only once or twice when there were many voices and it didn't really matter who said what. She did an especially good job with the "cured" Hanna voice. Making her sound lofty and aloof, but with hints of emotions from her previous self.
The only other issue I have is with the bad language. I understand that the characters were facing very grave situations, but the amount of language was unnecessary. It will also prevent me from recommending this series to mothers, fathers, teachers, or students. Which is really unfortunate, because it was very well written.
Overall, pretty good.
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
The book is filled with the angst of teen love, backstabbing friends, and all out battle. Truly a great read till you get to the endding. Now for the spoiler.....the book ends on a cliff hanger! Part of me is screaming NO NO NO! The other part of me says YES! It leaves me to come up with the ending I want for the people in the book that I have come to care for as if they were my very own friends.
I however think that it would be a great idea if she did another book ( there is plenty left unsaid in the book for it to happen) Maybe one from Hanna's POV on learning to love after the cure. You do get to see her start this process in Requiem....afterall it had been stated the cure does not work on them all. And I allready know who I want the guy to be for her to fall in love with and I think you will come to the same decision as me once you've read this amazing book!